Chair in Cardiology (Clinical) - Cardiovascular Sciences

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time



11 Jun 2019
01 Jul 2019

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-190000DI

The University wishes to appoint an academic cardiologist with appropriate academic stature and profile of a Chair. The post will be within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, with clinical role at City Hospital within the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH)).

The appointee will promote cardiovascular medicine as an academic discipline in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, and form an important link with the partner Trust. He/she will be expected to complement existing academic strengths and to open up new collaborative opportunities with staff within the Institute, SWBH, the wider College of Medical and Dental Sciences and the University as a whole.

The Institute has a reputation for internationally competitive research, with worldwide recognition for its work in thrombo-inflammation and atrial fibrillation. Laboratory-based research centres on thrombosis, inflammation and vascular biology, and mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias. Clinical research at SWBH focuses on the clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular pathophysiology, as well as an active clinical trials programme. There are existing strengths in community-based cardiovascular research.

An academic interest in improving diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in our established areas of interest would be desirable. This is in keeping with our developing interests in translational medicine, focussing on molecular mechanisms of thrombotic and heart diseases. Thus, a strong clinical research background, complemented by an interest in molecular cardiovascular pathophysiology would be an advantage. Experience in set-up, organisation and management of investigator-sponsored controlled trials would also be an advantage.

The appointee will be expected to have an ongoing research programme and track record in cardiovascular themes linked to the above, and have the capability to form local, national and international research collaborations.

In addition to making a major contribution to an area of research, the successful applicant will contribute to the wider delivery of the strategic plans of the Institute, College and SWBH NHS Trust. They will also play an active and collegiate role within the Institute, the wider University, SWBH NHS Trust and the external environment, including internationally.

Expertise in education will be expected. The appointee will be able to show evidence of leadership in teaching, with experience of the delivery and management of training of undergraduates, junior doctors and clinical fellows. Regular involvement in clinical teaching of students will be expected.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

• Lead and extend academic activity in an area of cardiovascular research

• Conduct a programme of cardiovascular research that is aligned with the strategic priorities of the University, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and the SWBH NHS Trust

• Develop the programme of research through acquisition of national and international funding from prestigious grant awarding bodies such as the NIHR, Research Councils and major charities

• Develop and sustain research support for the specialist area and ensure that the activity advances the reputation of the College, University and SWBH NHS Trust

• Publish research outputs in high-quality refereed journals which further develop reputation in the subject area

• Provide leadership for other colleagues, assisting them in publishing their research and gaining external research funding

• Recruit and supervise research students to successful completion

• Contribute to teaching within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences in areas allied to their research specialism

• Ensure research findings are translated appropriately and demonstrate research impact

• Develop research partnerships with external stakeholders in cardiovascular science

• Work in collaboration with other staff and assume leadership responsibilities within the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and SWBH NHS Trust

• Promote and market the work of the College, Institute and SWBH NHS Trust in the subject area both nationally and internationally

• Undertake other duties as determined by the Head of Institute, the Head of College and the SWBH NHS Trust Executive


Person specification

The University seeks to appoint an academic cardiologist with a PhD or MD, who has a record of high-quality research and publication, appropriate to their appointment as a Chair. The applicant will need to demonstrate a clear vision of the direction of his/her future academic work and the leadership qualities required to initiate, build and sustain a competitive research programme. A track record of obtaining research funding from national or international agencies is essential. The quality of research plans will be the over-riding criterion in determining the choice of appointee, an important factor being the potential for the applicant to enhance the Institute’s research strengths in cardiovascular medicine and promote a translational agenda by collaboration with our leading scientists. To this end, the applicant should have a clear understanding of how he/she might interact and forge collaborations that will exploit the excellent environment for multi-disciplinary research that exists in Birmingham.

The applicant must be committed to academic cardiovascular medicine as a research discipline and to the research training of clinical fellows and non-clinical graduate students. Professional qualifications allowing the person to work as a consultant cardiologist are essential. It is anticipated that at least 50 per cent of the appointee’s time will be free for research and teaching; there will be a maximum of four fixed clinical sessions within SWBH Trust. The post holder will require excellent communication, administration and project/time management skills. The post holder will need to work within a multi-disciplinary environment and to have excellent inter-personal and problem-solving skills.




• Eligible for GMC Registration 

• Inclusion on Specialist Register in Cardiology 

• MRCP (UK) or equivalent 

• Higher Degree (MD or PhD) Clinical Experience 


Clinical Experience

• Considerable experience in the speciality as appropriate – i.e. clinical cardiology 

• Ideally a wide experience in general and invasive cardiology (interventional), intensive care (Medicine) and/or interest in modifiable cardiovascular risk factors such as arrhythmias 


Research Experience 

• International reputation in cardiovascular research 

• Commitment to development of a laboratory and clinical research theme that will fully complement/strengthen existing research in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. 

• Experience in collaborative research projects 

• Proven success in research leadership 

• Success in raising research funding 

• Successful supervision of research students, particularly PhD students, through to timely completion 


Teaching Experience 

• Evidence of experience and leadership in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of cardiovascular medicine 

• Leadership in course management and delivery, either at undergraduate or post-graduate level 

• Experience of teaching to MBChB students (or equivalent) 


Skills and Knowledge 

• Specialist knowledge of translational cardiovascular research 

• Excellent communication skills 

• Interdisciplinary expertise, e.g. Improving diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in cardiovascular medicine based on translational insights 


Personal Attributes 

• An academic leader 

• Excellent interpersonal skills 

• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team 

• Capable of building strong and effective professional relationships with patients, families and colleagues 

• Gains confidence and trust from others • Able to respond to and cope with change • Demonstrates honesty and integrity 

• Demonstrated leadership skills 

• An interest and enthusiasm for teaching and an openness to develop new teaching approaches


The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.  Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory Occupational Health and DBS clearances prior to appointment.

This is a permanent full time role.

Informal enquiries: please contact , Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Professor Paulus Kirchhof, Deputy Director (clinical), Tel: 0121 414 



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